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MCPS, give students, staff a break

MCPS, give students, staff a break

November 21, 2017

Once again, the MCPS school board is altering the school year schedule. For the 2018-19 year, election day and Jewish holidays cut into the schedule. In response, there were five schedule proposals created. The chosen model only has two professional days and shortens spring break to a mere four days...

CHS, stop undermining mental illness

October 24, 2017

Mental illnesses: serious, yet stigmatized conditions that impact countless members of the CHS community. But when those conditions are stereotyped or referenced in casual context, it completely undermines the severity of mental health disorders. Despite the rise of mental health issues in America,...

MCPS grading changes prove overwhelming and confusing for students and parents

MCPS grading changes prove overwhelming and confusing for students and parents

By Observer Opinion

October 4, 2017

The idea that change is a good thing is a well known concept, however MCPS really took that saying to heart. Ending the use of Edline as a way for students to check grades is only the most recent of many changes that MCPS has sprung on the students and staff, leaving us bewildered and overwhelmed. The...

Activities: Quality Over Quantity

Activities: Quality Over Quantity

By Observer Opinion

June 13, 2017

Captain of a varsity sports team, a position on the student government, president of several clubs, skilled artist, member of numerous honor societies, over 200 hours of volunteer work, a multi-AP class course load and straight A’s. It seems impossible, but this is the goal of many CHS students who...

Say Yes: Teach Affirmative Consent

May 26, 2017

Recently, Montgomery County made headlines for a rape that occurred at Rockville High School. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), one out of every five American women have been victims of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Furthermore, on college campuses, one...

Why MCPS Should Teach Everyone to Code

By Julia Lescht, Online Opinions Editor

April 19, 2017

Technology. It's the wave pushing future progress. Infinite sources of information--both credible and incredible--are available at the click of a button. Robots are taking over the jobs of people everywhere you turn. Americans no longer need to leave their homes in order to get dinner. It makes somewhat...

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

By Observer Opinion

March 29, 2017

College is an expensive investment into a student’s future. At CHS, most of students’ daily lives and choices revolve around earning amazing grades and outstanding test scores so they receive admittance to their dream school. But as college tuitions continue to rise, the cost of the college application...

Responsibility to Report All News

Responsibility to Report All News

February 21, 2017

As staff members of a hyperlocal student publication, some may wonder if we are sticking our heads where they don’t belong when we tackle national and political issues. There is not a clear consensus about whether the purpose of a school newspaper is to simply cover what’s happening inside the hallways,...

Good Communication is Necessary

Good Communication is Necessary

January 11, 2017

We think of CHS as place where all are welcome and as a place where students have the support they need. But time and time again, this ideal has unfortunately been proven incorrect. Over the past year, CHS has been through an extraordinary number of emotional stressors. As a community, we look towards...

CHS Must Unite Post Election

CHS Must Unite Post Election

December 5, 2016

Dear CHS, The 2016 election was an emotional, tumultuous experience for almost everyone involved. The rhetoric that spilled from both Democrats and Republicans was harsh and insistent for the better part of the last two years. This election showcased how divided our country has become. Voting was split...

School Policies Irk CHS Students

School Policies Irk CHS Students

October 1, 2016

The start of school comes every year without fail. New classes, loads of homework and the numerous “con- tracts” students mindlessly sign on the first week of school in order to get out of homeroom and on with their day. Every year, a Code of Conduct is handed out, in addition to an Anti-...

The Blame Game: Nobody Can Win

The Blame Game: Nobody Can Win

May 31, 2016

Two suicides in three months. This simple sentence cannot even begin to describe the pain and suffering felt by the entire CHS community. Why did this happen? What could have been done to prevent it? What do we do now? Many people have tried to identify the contributing sources of these tragedies, whether...

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